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U-KISS – Glory January 20, 2019

Filed under: U-KISS — solarblade @ 8:43 am

glory

Track Listing

  1. Glory
  2. SCANDAL
  3. Ready for U
  4. Dear My Friend 2018
  5. Chair
  6. Stop Sign
  7. Train
  8. Face Off
  9. Milk Tea
  10. Sunset
  11. Only You -Korean Version- (bonus track)

1. Glory

As the opening to the album, Glory was of course chosen to promote the album and it easily sounds like a happy-go-lucky Xmas track because of the album coming out close to the holiday.  Granted, knowing this is sung with the 4 members, I was rather not surprised they chose a happier pop track to open the album, but a holiday song?  This doesn’t feel quite right and maybe could’ve been put elsewhere.  It’s nice to hear Jun sing more (actually he and Kiseop have a lot of solos here).  Still, it’s just a generic Merry Christmas song and bizarre to open this album with.

2. SCANDAL

Which is made more bizarre with the only A-side released before the album coming in with its poppy and funky sound.  As this is the first single with the 4 members, I was curious to see how the group could work without Kevin and Soohyun and they’ve somehow survived it with some pretty awesome vocals from Hoon, Kiseop, and Jun who has taken more of a vocal rap and less than a 2nd rapper to Eli who still sounds great still.  It’s a pretty fun track overall and gave me some hope for the rest of the album (sans “Glory”).

3. Ready For U

Then we slow things down for Ready For U which I thought was the least ballad-like title on the album!  Not sure where I want to stand because U-KISS doesn’t have the strongest ballads in their catalogue and this is one of the more forgettable ones for them.  I will admit their vocals are flighty and very pretty to listen to.  Though not sure if I wanted a rap from Eli & Jun though.  Though Kiseop is impressing me a LOT in this song!  Though come to find out, this is a Japanese version of a 2017 Korean digital single they released (of course resung it due to Soohyun’s hiatus and language shift).

4. Dear My Friend 2018

Seems weird that they’ve brought this song back (the group’s 3rd A-side in Japan) and updated it.  It just feels odd that they decided to bring this one back considering most of the members involved in it are gone or on hiatus (Dongho, AJ, Kevin, and Soohyun).  Even worse is that they turned this rather upbeat, sentimental pop tune into a straight-up ballad is just not good.  While the remaining members sound nice, the new line distribution feels lacking somehow.  Also once again rap line is awkward.

5. Chair

Then we move into the B-side from the “SCANDAL” single, Chair and unlike its upbeat A-side, Chair takes it down a notch and gives us a rather sensual love-making kind of jam that really sticks out to me as its something U-KISS hasn’t done in Japan, well not that I remember at least.  Definitely one of the better songs for the album.

6. Stop Sign

So this is where the album goes into its smaller groupings starting with Stop Sign which is first of 2 between Eli & Jun.  I was pretty surprised to hear such an aggressive rock sound covering this song since it really throws the flow of the album around.  Of course I hear Jun a lot more because he’s singing and rapping whereas Eli is fully doing the raps.  I guess the push from Jun being in UNB is helping this push.  I kind of enjoyed this track mostly because it’s something a bit different than what the rest of the album has to offer.

7. Train

On the other hand we have Hoon & Kiseop for two tracks, but their songs are bolded because the two tracks were released as a physical single earlier in the year.  I was happy to see that this song wasn’t a ballad, at least not in the sappy way.  There’s a low bass throughout and an unsettling feel to both vocalists and it grows into an interesting chorus that seems to have a light dubstep flow to it.  It’s pretty interesting of a song and I thought was going to be another bland ballad.

8. Face Off

Another Eli and Jun duet, it’s a little surprising that the two tracks they have are so aggressive (the only two).  Actually they’re kind of rather similar to one another with raps and then Jun starts singing but I feel this song does better to showcase the two in a bit more light (and doing their thing in English).  It’s also a bit more powerful and dramatic too.  Though it does feel slightly forced (and the English lines are slightly cringy).  I suppose it’s decent, just was hoping for something different.

9. Milk Tea

Yup, I knew one of the songs that Kiseop and Hoon did would be a softer song.  Milk Tea though sounds very soundscape-y mostly due to the echo filter that was placed on the duo and it seems like something I could’ve lived without, luckily the chorus mostly fixes it on occasion but the mid-tempo feel is calming, but rather zones me out too.

10. Sunset

The album closes out with another ballad in Sunset and this is just your typical piano/strings ballad.  Fair enough, it’s appropriate as the album’s finisher but it’s just so bland to me and there’s so many of these in their discography.  Great vocals as per usual and hearing Jun & Kiseop taking part is great, but yeah no this song is just white noise.

11. Only You -Korean Version-

What in the world is the reasoning for this inclusion?  This is a song from all the way back in 2014 (part of a weird release, something about barcodes and scanning it from clothes to hear it?).  It did come with a PV though so it’s really weird to see this here because this is when AJ & Kevin were still in the group and before Jun joined.  It just bothers me that it’s NOW that they’re releasing it (and more strange on a Japanese album).  The tune also does not sound like anything else on the album being more dance-pop (K-pop of course).  Just really absurdly random to see it here.

Tracks Recommended

  • Face Off
  • Chair
  • SCANDAL
  • Train

Song of Avoidance

  • Sunset

I will start off saying that Glory is at least much better than “LINK” was with a little more new material, but I still feel that they’re not lacking cohesiveness on this album and just the idea of this album felt farfetched (what with a leading Christmas song as the opening, bringing (and updating) random old songs (Ready For U, Dear My Friend, Only You) and two random rock songs just to fit the rappers…it was a mess of an album, but not terrible.

 

 

U-KISS – SCANDAL October 13, 2018

Filed under: U-KISS — solarblade @ 8:00 pm

scandal

Track Listing

  1. SCANDAL
  2. Chair
  3. SCANDAL (Instrumental)
  4. Chair (Instrumental)

1. SCANDAL

After all the happenings with the last era, losing Kevin and Soohyun going into military service / hiatus, I was more than interested to see where U-KISS was going to head towards.  What I wasn’t expecting was to see Jun & Kiseop leading their first song as a quartet!  I really like the classy sound of the track, giving me a little bit of a 90s groove.  Of course Hoon has a bit of spotlight too and Eli takes the rap section so there’s a lot of equality to be found here.  I was pleasantly happy with this A-side and one of the better songs in recent times!

2. Chair

As for the B-side, I was quite liking the soundscapey intro and feels more like I was expecting to see Hoon first singing and with Jun with the rapping as well.  Instead of “SCANDAL’s” more upbeat nature, Chair is more of a sexy and sensual track with some light trap instrumentation to mix with the R&B setting.  A bit lowkey, but I love the feel of this track!

 

 

After the rather disappointment that was their last album, “LINK”, I feel like U-KISS’ first single as a quartet was a rather decent one!  SCANDAL just sounds cool and refreshing and it’s nice to finally see Jun utilized as a singer and Kiseop getting a lot of spotlight moreso than before!  Even Chair was a nice laidback track for them and fits their sound.  I don’t know if they’ll release an album as just the 4, but I could only hope so!

 

 

U-KISS – LINK May 13, 2018

Filed under: U-KISS — solarblade @ 4:50 pm

link

Track Listing

  1. No Regret
  2. Compass
  3. FLY
  4. Beginning
  5. Prologue
  6. I’ll be there
  7. STORY feat. Jun
  8. WILD&TOUGH feat. Jun
  9. YOURS
  10. Anniversary
  11. Rain
  12. Only Ever Yours
  13. Try Everything (bonus track)

1. No Regret

Opening the album, we get this cool jungle beat for No Regret.  There’s just something about the song that’s mysterious and cool about it.  Doesn’t help that that this is only one of two songs that only feature the quartet due to Soohyun being in military leave.  It is really interesting to hear Kiseop get featured so heavily alongside Hoon here, hell I’m proud he got the first lines!.  Though of course Eli & Jun get a lot of lines as well.  It’s a pretty unique dance track (as is most of the time with U-KISS’ more upbeat track).  I quite liked it and promoted the album well.

2. Compass

The other new track of the album, Compass seems to follow trends in K-pop by having a little bit of a tropical house kind of groove behind it.  It’s a bit mellow though and it seems the rappers have a little more appearance.  Though they are interjected with Hoon & Kiseop’s more melodic lines.  It’s a safe album song so it’s not bad, but compared to “No Regret” this is the lesser liked track.

3. FLY

I’m pretty much disappointed that at this point the rest of the album are older songs that all were released prior to the album, luckily I haven’t heard most of these songs but seeing as they’re right down the tracklist from their singles, it’s just a little lazy from avex’s part to not have at least shuffled them a bit.  Onto FLY, this was the lone single to release for it and the last of Soohyun with the group before his enlistment.  It’s nice to see the 3 singers get a lot of push here with the rappers as support.  I thought it’d be a softer track, but that chorus is explosive and hits you hard.  It’s a really powerful track and one of my favorite A-sides from the group.

4. Beginning

Seeing as we’re going by tracklisting from the singles, it’s like reviewing the single all over again essentially.  Considering it hasn’t been too long since I reviewed this, the song more or less has the same thoughts I had from the single.  I like they went for a little more edge by adding electric guitar to the mix giving it a rockin’ vibe.  There’s also a lot of Soohyun here which is nice too!  Aggressive and cool, it’s still one of the more decent B-sides they’ve had in quite a long time.

5. Prologue

It still baffles me why they have two songs back to back that kind of mean the same on the same single lol.  Though unlike the aggressive nature of “Beginning”, Prologue is a much lighter affair taking more from their poppier side like the songs from “Action”.  I kind of like the 90s vibe I get out of this song and even though it’s not my kind of song being cutesy and whatnot…it’s not cringey and the vocals are pretty so I’d say they did a good job here!

6. I’ll be there

The next four tracks are solos from Soohyun, the first 3 from his solo single he released back in July of 2017.  I actually am not surprise Soohyun is more of a ballad singer after his previous singles.  Sad to say, but the song didn’t leave much of an impression on me despite his silky vocals filling the tune out.  Just was a sleeper song.

7. STORY feat. Jun

Which felt weird moving to the B-sides from the single which featured Jun.  STORY unlike “I’ll be there” is more acoustic but somehow retains that light, poppy nature about it which means I’m still not buying into it very much.  Jun surprised me because he’s actually singing the song instead of rapping…who knew he had a decent singing voice (does this mean Jun might be pushed as a singer?).  Still, the song is just as whitewashed as “I’ll be there” sadly.

8. WILD&TOUGH feat. Jun

At least there was some hope for the 2nd B-side from his single with WILD&TOUGH which has a faster tempo and pulsing beat.  You can still hear the poppy blemishes in the arrangement, but this already beats out both the previous songs.  I will say the dubstep breakdown in the afterchorus is bizarre and doesn’t suit the song much, but I still think it’s a decent track!

9. YOURS

Released as a digital single in December (prior to him leaving for military) YOURS is more or less an upbeat ballad and it sounds a LOT like “I’ll be there” which already put me off from the song.  I guess it has a bit more oomph behind the arrangement, but I already feel tired from the song and it just doesn’t work for me.

10. Anniversary

The next two tracks are solos from Hoon (his single that was released back in January).  I really don’t know why the Soohyun & Hoon want to do these lowbrow ballad tracks (a total departure from their songs while in U-KISS).  Don’t get me wrong, Hoon has an amazing voice, but I don’t know about these songs…they just aren’t memorable outside of the notice that yes, Hoon can do ballads lol.

11. Rain

Which is made worse by the B-side, Rain.  Unlike the piano ballad of the previous, this one features acoustic guitar making it a much harder listen for me to keep attention.  The tune while feels a little more fresh than the purely boring, “Anniversary”, it just doesn’t stand out to me sadly.

12. Only Ever Yours

Released digitally back in July of 2017, this was meant to be the song to send off Kevin as he was graduating from the group.  Though as the album’s closer, it was nice to include this kind officially say goodbye to Kevin and his 8 years of being in U-KISS.  That said, outside of the meaning of the song it’s your usual piano/strings ballad here and it is the ONLY song to feature Kevin so I guess that’s a thing too.  Appropriate way to conclude the album, but on its own, it kind of doesn’t grab me.

13. Try Everything

As a bonus track to the album, I guess they had to throw this song in.  Found on a Disney tribute album, this Shakira cover from Zootopia has somehow ended up in U-KISS’ hands.  I wasn’t sure what to think because I knew it was going to be peppy and upbeat and odd on this album (especially after “Only Ever Yours”).  It’s kind of basic it feels like and it could’ve used Kevin’s voice here because the Engrish is thick here as well.  It’s awkward and yeah…odd for a bonus track IMO.

Tracks Recommended

  • FLY
  • No Regret
  • Beginning
  • WILD&TOUGH feat. Jun
  • Prologue

Song of Avoidance

  • YOURS

Maybe it’s me but this album screamed straight up lazy this time around.  I mean all but two tracks were released prior to the album (even then most of that was from solo releases) just made this album feel super lazy.  I mean I guess you kind of had to especially with one member that left (Kevin) and another on military leave (Soohyun) I guess you had to use what you got.  The new songs were decent and the FLY single itself was good…but past that all but one were just hard to listen to because of boredom and cheesiness.  Yeah this was a bad mistake, but maybe this’ll give U-KISS a break (though they could continue as a quartet as shown by the new tracks here).

 

U-KISS – FLY March 4, 2018

Filed under: U-KISS — solarblade @ 5:07 am

flyukiss

Track Listing

  1. FLY
  2. Beginning
  3. Prologue

1. FLY

As the A-side, FLY starts off somber and slow with Hoon and Kiseop and of course both manage to pretty much stick out vocally for its beginning which is always nice especially for the latter.  The song sounds pretty light, but it does change when Soohyun leads into the chorus which reminds a lot of what K-pop is going through in recent times, but a solid track with some good vocals.  Actually it’s a surprise to hear a lot of Kiseop but its much needed but there’s a reason for that…

2. Beginning

As the first B-side, Beginning starts off differently from previous efforts with an arrangement that’s a little more rockin’ than usual with guitars and drums with some fun synths.  It’s also nice that Jun/Eli sound good in their parts, but the song gets even better with its chorus which keeps the grittiness of the arrangement but added a nice melody to back it up.  It’s a cool song and really does sound good for a B-side.

3. Prologue

A synonym?  Yeah, I thought it was odd that there were two songs that similarly meant the same thing.  Prologue though is different by tapping into a more cute and upbeat kind of song and while I thought the verses were great (especially that Kiseop love here), the chorus is just way too cheesy just like it was back in “Shining Stars” in their last album.  At least this one has a bit more going for it so I’m not totally disliking it.

 

 

As the lone single before their next album, “LINK” drops, I was curious to see where U-KISS would do after their main singer of two, Kevin, left the group.  With FLY, it’s decent overall.  I think FLY is trying to make strides in what’s popular in Korea (and to be honest the song does remind of Seventeen’s recent track “Thanks”, though FLY came first so….).  Beginning and Prologue were good songs despite being B-sides and it seems they’ll be on the album too.  I think with Hoon, Soohyun, and Kiseop being the vocalists and Jun/Eli as their rappers…it’ll be interesting to see what becomes of them after this (I’m sure all but Jun are getting close to having to do military enlistments and whatnot).  Still, makes me curious about this album coming up!

 

U-KISS – PaNiC! May 2, 2017

Filed under: U-KISS — solarblade @ 5:00 am

panic

Track Listing

  1. PaNiC!
  2. Flying Around The World
  3. U-KISS 2016 One More Shot Mix (Physical only)
  4. PaNiC! (Instrumental)
  5. Flying Around The World (Instrumental)

1. PaNiC!

As the leading track, PaNiC! is quite a track that I was hoping to see more from and they delivered!  The track itself goes back to the group’s earlier efforts with its heavier dance style like in “Bingeul Bingeul” & “Tick Tack”.  The beat is just heavy and in your face and the group while focused on Kevin, Soohyun, and Hoon, the rest of the group manage to pop out left and right to gave a cool performance.  Pretty awesome A-side!

2. Flying Around The World

Though I wasn’t expecting the B-side to be more EDM in its arrangement, but the song itself is a lot more brighter and poppy in comparison.  While it does feel a smidge cheesy and much, the track is catchy too and hearing Kevin & Soohyun is quite nice even if this is repetitive like mad.  Interesting B-side, kind of surprised it won’t make an album…

3. U-KISS 2016 One More Shot Mix

Found only on physical editions of the single, this Mix is actually more like an album digest of “One Shot One Kill”…a 10-minute digest at that.  Though at the same time, none of the tracks sound like their actual album counterparts so there’s that.  It’s just there for some reason and not sure why since the actual album was before this single soooo…why???

 

 

Ending their 2016 and releasing a single before their best-of drops, we have PaNiC! and it’s probably their best single since at least their 2nd Japanese album.  I felt like PaNiC! brought back much needed excitement for the group and Flying Around The World while a bit hammy at times is a nice opposite to the A-side.  Granted, as this single is a promotional single for the best album, it’s curious to see what happens…

Although, figures that in 2017, we get news that Kevin has left the group, so this is his last single with the group…makes me wonder how the group dynamic will shift (maybe Keseop will get some time FINALLY).

 

U-KISS – One Shot One Kill January 20, 2017

Filed under: U-KISS — solarblade @ 6:19 am

oneshotonekill

Track Listing

  1. Opening ~in-mono~
  2. CRY BABY
  3. One Shot One Kill
  4. Rock Me
  5. Super Special Lady
  6. Kissing to feel
  7. Interlude ~plug in-plug out~
  8. DON’T BREAK US DOWN
  9. HEART STRINGS ~Ienai Kotoba~
  10. Kimi Dake wo (ALBUM version)
  11. Shining Stars
  12. Illusion
  13. Stay Gold
  14. Ending ~in stereo~

1. Opening ~in-mono~

What a dark and mysterious way to open up an album with repeated descending harp chords and then a march rhythm jumps in with who I think is Jun that takes up the introduction before Eli joins alongside some dance beats and a heavier sound.  After them, Kevin joins in with the melodic part of the track and it just feels like it rising to some climax, but really it kind of just ends.  A 2 minute track, but I KNOW it could’ve been its own full song.

2. CRY BABY

At least the feeling continues into our first new track on the album.  While it doesn’t have a dark atmosphere as the intro, the song itself has a cool dance style that is something U-KISS always seems to excel at and I appreciate the track being as straight to the point as it is.  I really like hearing the main singers (Kevin, Soohyun, and Hoon) just mixing things up and sounding as good as they normally do.  Even Keseop finds himself with some decent lines too!  Even the bridge features some aggressive rapping from both Jun and Eli and that turned out pretty well.  Great way to kick things off!

3. One Shot One Kill

Chosen to promote the album with a PV and such, the title track of the album changes things up a bit being changing from being a full-on K-pop inspired track into something a little funkier and cooler for the group.  I really LOVE the verses where the bass takes center stage behind Kevin & Soohyun and the song just has a fun and sleek vibe that really pulled me in!  Definitely a great choice to promote this album!

4. Rock Me

As the B-side from “Stay Gold”, I was happy to at least the B-side make it (especially seeing “Shining Stars” making it too but we’ll get to that later.  Rock Me is a bit more aggressive in nature due to its more rock-centric arrangement and just punchy beats.  I do like some of the parts like the pre-chorus where the sound lightens up and then once again Eli & Jun seem to REALLY click with one another when they rap one after the other.  It’s just a very powerful song for the group and sticks out amongst the best of the album.

5. Super Special Lady

I was expecting this song to be a ballad due to the kind of cheesiness one brings with such a title.  However, it’s a bit like the last couple tracks, having a dance beat and fun atmosphere akin to “One Shot One Kill”.  I do have to say though, while I did love the vocals here a bit more, the song itself doesn’t really stick to me.  Not bad for a track, but it could’ve been better IMO.

6. Kissing to feel

As the 2nd single released prior to the album’s release, Kissing to feel was THE song that I was missing from the group and I’m happy they prioritized this as a leading track because it’s just edgy and badass almost feeling like the group hitting their stride like they did in “Tick Tack” and “ALONE”.  There’s just something powerful about that chorus that pulled me in so quickly.  Great song overall!

7. Interlude ~plug in-plug out~

A 2 minute interlude comes next and it begins like the intro with the foreboding strings and synth mixture, but it grows into something a little more funkier that sounds like it could’ve been placed before “Stay Gold” if anything.  The jazzy mix and Kevin’s dialogue is interesting, but this does go on or a little too long going into a fade out of the instrumentation towards the end (a long one at that).

8. DON’T BREAK US DOWN

Ah, so while the interlude didn’t really help move onto our next track, I like that DON’T BREAK US DOWN brings the group back to its R&B roots.  Actually, I was surprised I’m hearing a LOT of Kevin in this song (actually I think this is a solo…oh wait Jun is rapping in one section).  I think this song is unique especially for its arrangement and styling and I kind of dug it for the most part!

9. HEART STRINGS ~Ienai Kotoba~

Despite that we had a preview (or well a live version of it) back on the “Kissing to feel” single, we have our studio cut of this ballad!  As this is pretty much your vanilla K-pop-esque ballad here, I was happy to see Hoon up in the front and taking the lines here.  Actually I think it’s a solo for him which we’ve seen before.  I do like the guitar solo during the bridge, but beyond that it’s pretty plain.

10. Kimi Dake wo (ALBUM version)

What I didn’t know was that originally this was Soohyun’s debut A-side that was brought in for this album, apparantly filling it up with some new things.  The opening has a very serene and slightly Disney-like feel.  Actually compared to the original single cut, this was definitely changed for the better as Soohyun’s voice is just pretty to hear in such a setting.  Funny enough, it made “HEART STRINGS” sound like generic trash in comparison.  Definitely the preferred ballad of the album.

11. Shining Stars

Ugh, why did they have to bring this B-side to the album?  I mean it was most of the reason the whole of the “Kissing to feel” single was just in the middle.  Now we have to hear it after “Kimi Dake wo” with is sheer grandness.  Just like I said above, that song is also making this track feel generic and one-dimensional.  It’s like a leftover from “A Shared Dream” and those slower songs also felt a lot bland.  Maybe not the worst song in their discography but definitely one of the most forgettable.

12. Illusion

The last of the new tracks, Illusion continues with the slow jam R&B tracks, but unlike “Shining Stars”, it actually feels more like it follows “DON’T BREAK US DOWN” but without the acoustic or super laidback vibe.  I will say of the new songs, this one kind of felt weak and passes over me.  Didn’t help that Jun’s rap section felt so lifeless too.  Yeah, kind of blah too.

13. Stay Gold

I find it strange they decided to wake up listeners with Stay Gold at the end of the album.  After listening to it more, I’m kind of surprised at how poppy and boyband it comes off.  Luckily since I had time with this and “Action” drifted off and I was able to focus on this only and I still find it slightly uncharacteristic for the group AND its place on the album.

14. Ending ~in-stereo~

So the outro to the album is 3 minutes?  A good length to a full track?  I think its Eli that starts with a monologue (with good pronunciation, might I add) and then he starts to lightly rap to an rolling beat before Kevin sings some lines too a much brighter arrangement.  It could have been a full track and I would’ve been OK with this length…actually it might as well just be a track and not an outro.

Tracks Recommended

  • Kissing to feel
  • CRY BABY
  • Kimi Dake wo (ALBUM version)
  • One Shot One Kill
  • Rock Me

Song of Avoidance

  • Shining Stars

With the group’s hectic schedule of recent (releasing an album a year, only days apart from one another ie: “Memories”, “Action” and now this), I was worried that their rushing for this album would end up poorly and in some ways it sort of did.  The first half, Kimi Dake wo, and DON’T BREAK US DOWN were great songs and showed that spark that got me into U-KISS when they debuted.  The rest of the album though kind of felt flat and I’ve never really thought of the group as good balladeers (especially with who produces them most of the time) and the ballads, minus Soohyun’s were generic as hell and Stay Gold had nowhere to fit BUT the end…Either way, now that we officially know that AJ is gone from the group, I think the 6-nin group is pretty good and gel well with one another.

 

U-KISS – Kissing to feel May 26, 2016

Filed under: U-KISS — solarblade @ 5:26 am

kissingtofeel

Track Listing

  1. Kissing to feel
  2. Shining Stars
  3. HEART STRINGS ~Ienai Kotoba~ (LIVE version) (CD only)
  4. Kissing to feel (Instrumental)
  5. Shining Stars (Instrumental)

1. Kissing to feel

It feels like it’s been forever since U-KISS released a strong upbeat A-side and Kissing to feel is giving me all the feels.  I mean the song is typically so with Soohyun, Kevin, and Hoon at the leads, but I feel like the other 3 members do make their appearance in the track.  Actually I have to say this song is one of their bests in quite a long while, with it’s strong dance beat and powerful vocals.  Yeah, quite nice to see them return to form!

2. Shining Stars

Though, I suppose we needed to counteract the awesome song with an amazingly cheesy song.  It screams bad boyband of the 90s ballads with the contrived beats and twinkles and such.  Even Eli and Jun couldn’t exactly save the song with light rapping.  I mean it’s not really in the same kind of levels as their older ballads have been, where’s the stuff they were pulling back in Korea?  This was just not my cup of tea.

3. HEART STRINGS ~Ienai Kotoba~ (LIVE version)

Strange that the single’s exclusive track is for a song that hasn’t appeared in their discography yet, but here we are with HEART STRINGS and honestly, it slightly shakes off that bitter taste I had with “Shining Stars”.  Hearing the 6 live is always a treat as they bring it in their performances and they didn’t disappoint with this live.  The song (which is going to be on their upcoming album) is like their older tunes and has a lot of Hoon (actually it’s only Hoon).  Huh, well at least he’s a great singer for the group and shows it off here in this live take!

 

 

Being the 2nd and final single before their “One Shot One Kill” album drops, Kissing to feel is an interesting single to say the least.  It’s been a while since an A-side a WOW-ed me and Kissing to feel is such a cool and aggressive song that I’ve been missing from them for quite a while.  Though its B-side, Shining Stars is just bad and cheesy and just not right for the group, they’ve done so much better than this song.  As for the Hoon solo, nice song, but we all know Hoon is amazing, give Keseop or Jun something to work with.  I will say that I’m looking forward to the album!